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Gourmet Tuscany with Florence 2020

Gourmet Tuscany with Florence 2020


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Itinerary

Countries Visited

Italy

Cities Visited

Florence, Lucca, Monte Catini

Tour Itinerary

On this affordable Italy tour package, the town of Montecatini serves as your home base from which to venture out to explore the surrounding landscapes of breathtaking Tuscany and getting to know its culinary and wine traditions. You’ll indulge in picturesque scenery, world-class local wines, traditional cuisine, and cultural discoveries. After your value-minded vacation in Tuscany, you’ll travel to Florence to enjoy your Monograms independent vacation package.From the rolling hills of Montalbano to Vinci and beyond, we’ll take you through bountiful vineyards, olive groves, and chestnut trees. You’ll even visit the birthplace of Leonardo da Vinci to experience the Renaissance master’s life and art. Traveling through some of the most stunning and lush natural landscapes in Italy, you’ll embark to visit idyllic spots, including the gorgeous Chianti Valley and the Etruscan Coast. As you visit quaint wine shops, cafes, historic estates, and museums, you’ll feel immersed in the history and traditions of each destination. In addition to sampling the local gourmet Tuscan fare, you’ll also be treated to an Italian cooking lesson. You’ll prepare an authentic Italian dish inside a rustic Tuscan farmhouse where you and your travel companions will enjoy your culinary creations – complete with master-chef prizes. You’ll also learn the art of Italian dessert-making at your hotel and get to taste some of the celebrated Chianti and Super Tuscan wines right where they are produced. You’ll enjoy making Montecatini your home for this vacation in Tuscany, while making priceless discoveries on your excursions to the best in Tuscan experiences only the locals know. Next, travel to Florence for your Monograms vacation. Your Monograms vacation package in Florence includes transfer from Montecatini to Florence. Visit the Duomo Museum, walk through Piazza del Duomo, see the sculptures of Piazza della Signoria, and visit Santa Croce Square with an expert local guide. You’ll be treated to superior hotel accommodations, a Local Host® on call to offer guidance and assistance during your stay, and the perfect blend of guided sightseeing and free time to enjoy all that Florence has to offer.

Day 1: ARRIVE IN MONTECATINI, ITALY.
Check into your hotel. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers and enjoy a special welcome dinner. (D)

Day 2: MONTECATINI. EXCURSION TO VINCI.
This morning, head out into the lush, rolling landscape of the Montalbano hills. Pass terraced grape vineyards, olive groves, and chestnut trees on your way to the quaint village of Vinci, birthplace of Leonardo da Vinci. Here, learn all about the Renaissance master at the MUSEUM dedicated to his life and many areas of interest from painting, sculpting, and inventing, to anatomy, music, and cartography! Later, visit a BUTCHERY in a local village, followed by a generous tasting of cold cuts.
Today’s Distance: 112 mi/ 180 km (B,L)

Day 3: MONTECATINI. EXCURSION TO THE CHIANTI VALLEY.
Cradled between the provinces of Florence and Siena, the Chianti Valley is the heart of Old Tuscany, and has been hailed for its exceptional wines since the 13th century. Your journey today takes you to Greve, with time to visit the village and to enjoy lunch at a charming wine shop. Complete the day with the visit of a HISTORIC TUSCAN ESTATE known for its Chianti wine production.
Today’s Distance: 124 mi/ 200 km (B,L)

Day 4: MONTECATINI.
Enjoy a leisurely morning in Montecatini. Maybe go for a walk in the Parco delle Terme with its tall shady trees. Most of the afternoon is dedicated to the Italian cooking lesson at a rustic farmhouse in the Tuscan countryside. Once you arrive at the farm, enjoy a welcome drink, explore the orchard to pick some fresh ingredients, learn about Italy’s most famous delicacies, and then roll up your sleeves for a fun, hands-on COOKING EXPERIENCE. This evening, relax with your traveling companions and savor the delectable dinner you prepared—maybe your team will win the master chef prize! (B,D)

Day 5: MONTECATINI. EXCURSION TO LUCCA.
Visit Lucca, a stunning showcase of medieval architecture and layer upon layer of rich history and culture. Marvel at the beautiful art and tapestry collections at the baroque PALAZZO MANSI NATIONAL MUSEUM, then take a guided walking tour around the Old Town with its fine, intact Renaissance-era wall, cobblestone streets, and café-lined piazzas. A lively CAFÉ-CRAWL snack brunch is included, followed by a main course at a local restaurant. Then, your Local Guide will introduce you to the stunning ornamental gardens and grand arched ceilings of PALAZZO PFANNER.
Today’s Distance: 39 mi/ 62 km (B,L)

Day 6: MONTECATINI. EXCURSION TO BOLGHERI.
Travel through the vineyard-dotted countryside and along cypress-lined Viale dei Cipressi for your grand entrance into enchanting Bolgheri. With its red-brick castle and atmospheric Old Town, it’s not hard to imagine that Bolgheri jumped right off the pages of a storybook. There’s time here to visit one of the WINE CELLARS that produce Bolgheri’s celebrated Super Tuscan reds. First created in the 1980s, many wine experts believe these now rival French Bordeaux. Later, stop at nearby Castagneto Carducci, known for its splendid panoramic views of the Etruscan Coast. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant and the chance to sample the local LIQUEUR.
Today’s Distance: 186 mi/ 300 km (B,L)

Day 7: MONTECATINI.
This morning is yours to do as you please. You could choose to explore more of the city on your own, to relax and shop for souvenirs, or to join an exciting optional excursion. This afternoon is dedicated to a BAKING CLASS at your hotel, focusing on the creation of cakes and desserts. (B,D)

Day 8: MONTECATINI–FLORENCE.
Transfer to Florence. Your Local Host is on hand to help you make the most of your stay. (B)

Day 9: FLORENCE.
Morning guided sightseeing includes a visit to the Duomo Museum and a walk through Piazza del Duomo, sculpture-studded Piazza della Signoria, and Santa Croce Square. (B)

Day 10: FLORENCE.
Your Local Host will have many suggestions for your day at leisure. (B)

Day 11: FLORENCE.
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

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Inclusions

Flight arrival/departure for Montecatini is Florence or Pisa

Sightseeing & Activities:

TUSCAN FARMHOUSE
Cooking class and competition, followed by dinner

VINCI
Visit the Leonardo da Vinci museum and a local butchery at a nearby village

CHIANTI VALLEY
Visit Greve and a historic Chianti wine estate

LUCCA
Guided sightseeing with café-crawl brunch, visit Palazzo Mansi and Palazzo Pfanner

BOLGHERI
Visit the village and a wine cellar

CASTAGNETO CARDUCCI
Visit, wine tasting and lunch in a local restaurant

MONTECATINI
Cake- and dessert-baking classTouring by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach with free Wi-Fi; private coach/minivan Montecatini-Florence

Meals:
Buffet breakfasts daily; 4 lunches; 3 dinners, including dinner at a local farm in Montecatini


Hygiene and Safety Protocols for Cosmos Tours

Today's world has changed, but what remains certain is Cosmos' commitment to guest safety, comfort and peace-of-mind while traveling with us. To that end, Cosmos has established a worldwide Assurance program, with enhanced on-trip protocols and procedures, to ensure the health – and happiness – of guests throughout their travels with us.

It all starts with Cosmos' Global Health & Safety Team, dedicated to ensuring that cleanliness of all operations exceeds today’s travel standards—from start to finish. The following areas address Cosmos' commitment to providing a safe and clean environment for guests.

A SAFE & WARM WELCOME

Cosmos will enact new tour check-in procedures and pre-trip health screenings to offer guests a safe start to their journey, including adherence to social distancing requirements.

BLENDING CULTURAL PROXIMITY WITH SOCIAL DISTANCE

Cosmos will ensure safe distances for guests throughout the journey, on coach and during excursions. This includes providing masks for guests use at any time where social proximity could be an issue as well as the possibility of reducing group sizes, if required. And wireless listening technology – including Cosmos' Go Beyond Devices in Europe – enables safe distances between guests and other travelers on excursions.

FOCUS ON GUEST AND TEAM MEMBER HEALTH

To ensure a healthy environment for team and guests, Cosmos will conduct regular temperature checks for both guests and team, and when necessary, masks will be worn by Cosmos' team members when with guests.

TOUCHING HEARTS, NOT HANDS

Traveling with Cosmos removes many of the “touch points” of travel, including luggage handling, check in/out, expedited entry into attractions and more. Cosmos are further reducing risk with hands-free service, meaning all self-services replaced by staff, including buffet meals replaced with table service. Cosmos will also ensure hand sanitizing is available throughout each trip, on coach and in hotels.

COMMITMENT TO CLEAN

As a part of Cosmos' commitment to clean, Cosmos is requiring enhanced cleaning procedures with hotel partners, on motorcoaches, vehicles and throughout every trip, including additional daily disinfecting procedures that go above-and-beyond already strict health and safety procedures.

PARTNERS IN DISCOVERY AND IN HEALTH

Cosmos has strict health and safety protocols, which have been in place for years, focused on ensuring all aspects of operation- from vehicles and equipment used on trip to excursions and hotel procedures. This process will continue with new, elevated health and safety checks, to maintain their promise that each touch-point on tours and cruises are considered in their commitment to guest and team member well-being.

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Accommodations

Prices are per person, based on double room occupancy.

Single room supplement:
$521-$569

No triple room reduction.

Additional accommodations before or after your tour may be available.

Montecatini: Settentrionale Esplanade
Florence: Mercure Firenze Centro
Florence: Hotel Cellai

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Questions & Answers

Question: How many suitcases can I take with me on my trip?

Each person is allowed one "check-in," and one "carry-on." Remember to take all valuables with you as "carry-on", because electronic equipment, cameras, laptops, jewelry, business documents and money are not covered by the airlines' liability, so always carry them aboard with you.

Question: Is Airfare Included in the Price?

Airfare from your point of origin to and from the trip is not included in the land price.

Customer Reviews

Overall Rating
4
Accommodations
3
Itinerary
4.6
Professional Staff
4.6
Repeat with Operator
4.2
Value for Money
3.4

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Ratings based off 5 reviews - currently showing 3 reviews with comments only

Great variety of activities at a relaxed pace. A great guide who did a wonderful job.

This tour could use some upgrades for the lunches. A light, very lught, lunch on 2 of the full day of touring is not acceptable. Even for a discount tour. The tour guide Oriana was great!

Room at the hotel in Montecantini was small and needed renovating. Toliet did not flush well. No pad for my tub, once I slipped and fell. If I had the pad it probably would not have happened. Hotel was in great location by the park and Funicular. Water had to run awhile to get warm or hot water. Lighting could be brighter. Since I pay extra for a single supplement I expect to get a regular size room like the couples, after all I paid extra for a room. Do not understand why this did not happen.


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